Psychology Internships

Agency & Contact Information

Agency Name: CHI Recovery
Address: 105 Morris Street, Sebastopol Ca 95472
Phone: (707) 824-0222
Supervisor: Nancy Birnbaum

Internship Description

CHI: Conscious Healing Innovations provides an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for addiction recovery including: 1) state-of-the-art treatment protocols; 2) networked provider systems; 3) educational programming; and, 4) community reinforcement systems—all of which integrate team providers from multidimensional orientations in “best practices” for addiction treatment.   

Our mission is two-fold: to improve upon the standards of addiction care, raising the bar on services in order to meet the requirements set forth by CASAColumbia following their five-year nationwide study concerning the failure of medical services in the treatment of addiction disorders; and, to decrease the cost of treatment, incurred by financing burdens and recidivism. 

Headquartered in Sebastopol, California, CHI is a low-volume start-up company with a three year ramp-up agenda.  Our initial stage of development features a live action treatment pilot program, with full outpatient clinic services, where we track the metrics of our providers and patients, our systems effectiveness, educational program adequacy, patient recidivism, and costs. The second stage of CHI Recovery is focused on scientific research as well as treatment.

CHI Recovery is currently in the process of being vetted, or examined, by the UCSF School of Medicine.  This means that researchers at UCSF will be investigating CHI Recovery’s records, including emails, patient notes, assessments, labs, INTAKE packets, legal documents, and bank statements and records.  As an intern, part of your responsibilities would include assisting CHI Recovery through this process.  A large portion of this internship will involve organizing and compiling these records, both in hard copies as well as electronically, so that they can be easily accessed by UCSF. 

Job Title: Intern

Compensation: unpaid
Internship Length: negotiable
Hours Per Week: minimum of 12, daytime business hours.
Focus: Crisis Intervention, Mental Health, Substance Abuse
Setting: Business


  • Perform general administrative tasks
  • Scan and organize hard copies of documents/ filing
  • Organize electronic documents and emails
  • Be familiar with CHI Recovery’s missions, and rehabilitation program
  • Make phone calls
  • Perform other related duties and assignments as required
  • Organization of participant events
  • Assistance with back office support
  • Participation with a possible pending study with UCSF (we are in the vetting stage)
  • Assisting executive administrators with unique tasks as they arise
  • Data entry and collections for statistical analysis


  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to use a computer efficiently
  • Execute tasks accurately and in a timely manner
  • Attention to detail, ability to adhere to an established organizational system
  • Ability to follow directions as well as being an independent problem solver
  • An understanding of these areas of professional psychology; intervention, assessment, consultation and collaboration, professional development, ethics, and sensitivity to and respect for individual and cultural diversity.
  • Honest and respectful of strict confidentiality and maintain guidelines of privacy for personal health information
  • Positive, professional demeanor, and clean, put-together personal presentation
  • Strong communication skills: verbal, written, phone and email

Additional Information:  This internship position is open to outstanding high school seniors, but preferable interns would be college students.  Also, those profoundly interested in psychology and those who are studying psychology in college are highly encouraged to apply.  This position will be unpaid and begins immediately.  It is a great resume booster!

This internship was updated 07/02/15